President Trump is rapidly reshaping America’s judiciary ‘to end the progressive state as we know it’

A main reason why I voted for Donald John Trump last November 8th has to do with the courts — not just the Supreme Court, but also the circuit courts across America that wield profound influence over Americans’ lives. Whereas the Supreme Court hears about 80 cases a year, the 12 regional appeals courts get the final word on about 60,000 cases a year.

During last year’s presidential campaign, Trump promised to select conservative Supreme Court justices. Exit polls showed that court-focused voters helped deliver Trump’s victory.

True to his word, President Trump hasn’t been in office for even a year and he is already on the verge of putting more “originalist” (original intent of the Founders) conservatives in the circuit courts than any other President!

That’s because Trump was prepared and had a battle plan to reshape America’s judiciary, which he entrusted to an attorney named Donald F. McGahn II, who would become his White House counsel.

Charlie Savage reports for the New York Times, Nov. 11, 2017, that in the weeks before Trump was inaugurated, lawyers joining his administration gathered at a law firm near the Capitol, where McGahn filled a white board with a secret battle plan to fill the federal appeals courts with young and deeply conservative judges.

McGahn mapped out potential nominees and a strategy, according to two people familiar with the effort:

  • Start by filling vacancies on appeals courts with multiple openings and where Democratic senators up for re-election next year in states won by Trump — like Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania — could be pressured not to block Trump’s nominees.
  • Speed the nominees through confirmation.
  • Avoid clogging the Senate with too many nominees for the district courts, where legal philosophy is less crucial.

Trump began with an unusually large number of court vacancies:

  • 21 open appellate seats because after Republicans gained control of the Senate in 2015, they essentially shut down the confirmation process.
  • 6 additional appellate judgeships have opened since Trump’s inauguration.
  • Nearly half of the 150 active appeals court judges are eligible to take senior status — semiretirement that permits a successor’s appointment — or will soon reach that age.

As a result of GOP control over both houses of Congress, Trump is the first Republican president whose nominees can be confirmed by simple-majority votes. And every single one of Trump’s judges is vouched by the Federalist Society and other conservative groups.

Leonard A. Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society and an informal adviser to President Trump on courts, said Trump had instructed his transition team to prioritize appointing conservative judges who would be “strong” and could resist “tremendous political and social pressure.” Leo said:

“What makes this a unique opportunity in modern history is the sheer number of vacancies, the number of potential vacancies because of the aging bench, and the existence of a president who really cares about this issue in his gut . . . and recognizes that he could be a president who could help restore the judiciary to its proper role.”

Nearly a year later, Trump’s battle plan is coming to fruition:

  • Republicans are systematically filling appellate seats they held open during Obama’s final two years in office with a particularly conservative group of judges with life tenure. Democrats — who in late 2013 abolished the ability of 41 lawmakers to block such nominees with a filibuster — have scant power to stop them.
  • Trump has already appointed eight appellate judges, the most this early in a presidency since Richard M. Nixon. Thanks to Republican control, the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to send a 9th appellate nominee, deputy White House counsel Gregory Katsas, to the floor.

All of which prompted President Trump to say, “We will set records in terms of the number of judges. There has never been anything like what we’ve been able to do together with judges.” He added that many more nominees are in the pipeline.

Indeed, President Trump is poised to bring the conservative legal movement, which took shape in the 1980s in reaction to decades of liberal rulings on issues like the rights of criminal suspects and of women who want abortions, to a new peak of influence over American law and society.

Liberals are apoplectic:

  • Nan Aron, of the liberal Alliance for Justice, calls Trump’s nominees “extremists”.
  • Baher Azmy, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights legal advocacy group, whines “I think the goal is to end the progressive state as we know it.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

In all this, Trump has had help from the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), in lowering impediments and keeping the confirmation assembly line moving by:

  • Scheduling three confirmation hearings for appellate nominees this year, as many as took place during all eight years of the Obama administration.
  • Holding hearings for four district judge nominees just this year, just three fewer than the seven district judge nominees during the eight Bush years.

There is a speculation in the Alternative Media that one reason why President Trump is working so quickly to put in place conservatives judges across America is to prepare for “The Storm” when those unprecedented number of sealed indictments are unsealed and arrests are made to finally bring long-time evil-doers like the Podesta brothers and we hope, Hillary the Cannibal Queen, to justice.

Keep praying for President Trump!

~Eowyn

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20 responses to “President Trump is rapidly reshaping America’s judiciary ‘to end the progressive state as we know it’

  1. If ever there was the need for a success story, this is it. Obama and Jarrett were absolutely giddy with their success of stacking the courts all over the country with far left liberal judges prone to bring nothing but destruction and corruption to our courts. The very courts that sets the precedence of this country. We are now seeing the damage done, i.e., Doug Chin in Hawaii, a pompous jerk that looks upon himself as saving the world from conservatives is one example.
    If anyone thinks Jarrett isn’t still knee deep in the deep state actions from Obama, better read up on her history.

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  2. I ESPECIALLY like the fact that the Democrats — who in late 2013 abolished the ability of 41 lawmakers to block nominees with a filibuster—stepped, heavily,on their d**ks.
    At THAT time,they never in their worst nightmares thought that move would turn on them to bite them on the ass. It was intended to be a major hindrance for the Conservatives,to keep us from getting ANYTHING done,to last forever-so they THOUGHT.

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  3. Some people have taken powers to lead but have no followers, and by the grace of God one man has been given the destiny of a nation before millions of people would have fallen prey to satanic minds and evil doings, President Donald J. Trump is that man the Holy Spirit chose to save our Nation from the claws of socialism. This Thanksgiving I give thanks for the privilege of belonging to the greatest country in the world and be one among the many proud Americans. God keep and bless President Donald J. Trump, he is my hero, the one man I revere, I have long waited for him, my dream has come true. God Bless America.

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  4. Thank you for this great news, Dr. Eowyn.

    I choose to believe that God is working. Why would I pray for God’s favor and intervention in our country, then refuse to believe that He can and will change things? I believe God heard the prayers of those who belong to Him, and He answered them in a miraculous way last November. All the odds seemed to be against Donald Trump winning. The election had been rigged from the beginning. But all throughout history, that is how God worked, so that He alone received the praise. It is God who raises up kings and takes them down.

    I believe there are so many things going on that we don’t know about, it would shock us to find out. I am going to keep on believing and just humbly thanking the good Lord above for his gracious blessings. If God be for us, who can be against us?

    https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Hebrews-11-1_Inspirational_Image/

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    • Alma & Mary—I, too, believe God provides us w/right leader/right time. I felt sorely abandoned, tho’ continued to pray daily for help for our Nation as we sank thru’ Obama yrs into intentional devisiveness fr the top: intentional destruction of culture/history/even gender lines (If I have to pee–bodily necessity/function over which we have only finite control —in a public “women’s” restroom, I’d like to think there are NO penises in the room while my pants are down,) religious beliefs, intentional demotion of the stature of our country in world-standing ….intentional plundering of the “middle class,” & denigration of our laws & law-enforcement servants across the board…not to forget, our military. When Obama appointed his justices, esp. Roberts, to uphold Obamacare as an (un) Constitutionally sound “tax” that was NOT engineered as a “tax” in the first place by the Dems in Congress (for fear that it would not pass)—–INSTEAD of sending it back to Congress where it belonged..& then apppointed the 2 uber-liberal women—I knew we were hanging by a thread. Scalia dead, I thought we were done & I’d have to retire to a conservative enclave to live out my days if I were to be relieved of a yoke/burdens foisted upon me (a middle class MEXIFORNIAN).

      Sidebar—if we have NOTHING else to thank Mitch McConnell for—we ALL owe him a “thank you” card, maybe a Christmas Card, for holding off an Obama appointment, for a YEAR, to fill Scalia’s seat on the SC. He also had the temerity to HAZARD a wish/hope/belief that, in doing so, he was also going to successfully roll the dice in odds (against him & us at the time) that a Republican would win in November, 2016. He and WE had almost NOTHING going for us through all the time that he held that position open on the scant chance that a Republican POTUS would be able to fill it. I call this “Divine Intervention” just on this point alone. Thank You, Mitch.

      In closing, One of the most wonder-filled days of my life as an adult was when I went to bed on election night fairly early, b/c depressed, I thought that I’d just have to accept a Hillary Clinton presidency, as I had had to accept an Obama 2nd (unearned) term…I could NOT BELIEVE that we—a free people who’d thrown off the clutches of kings & tyrants world-over for 200 yrs-plus…could NOT vote our way out of the almost HALF-CENTURY (w/exception of Reagan years) of the D.C. Ted Kennedy & relatives/ presidential Bush& friends-relatives/presidential Clinton friends-relatives “TRIUMVERATE”—exactly what we wanted to AVERT in forming our republic….the years of “passed along power” through families or through “hand-picked” successors…..(& I included Obama in the “Kennedy” family b/c of his benefactor, that lecherous old socialist, Ted Kennedy, without whom Obama would still be “doing” Wednesday nights in Chicago at the local gay gym w/his vile pal, Rhom Emmanuel—& being barely employed as PT adjunct prof & absent Illinois State legislator…..) & I’d felt that way all through the campaigne due to the Lame-Stream-Media. Then, my husband awakened me to see that Trump had won the electoral college & was about to give his acceptance speech. Coming out of a sound sleep, begun w/heavy & “resigned” heart……It was as tho’ lightning hit & I was so overwhelmed that I cried/clapped/jumped up & down. Prayers are answered in God’s time, not our time. I have NO DOUBT that “we” are NOT “home free.” We have a respite. A breathing space….w/3 more yrs to find a way “back.” I have no illusions about the ferocity with which the Dems will fight back….or what devious methods they will employ….I just keep praying.

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      • “(If I have to pee–bodily necessity/function over which we have only finite control —in a public “women’s” restroom, I’d like to think there are NO penises in the room while my pants are down,)”

        When you need to use a public restroom,be sure to be carrying;that way,if some guy,or whatever he chooses to identify with that particular day,gets “out of line”,you can be sure the Cops will find him in a most embarrassing condition. (That’s the old “I’d rather defend myself and be alive to argue the reason in court than become a statistic.”)

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  5. My greatest disappointment in law school was learning that Justice is NOT blind, but highly partisan. I’m grateful for this opportunity to get more righteous judges in place.

    Now if only one or two evil leftist Supremes will leave, we can really accomplish something! Goodbye, Roe v. Wade, for starters.

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    • Once I learned that “justice” was actually spelled “Just Us” it all started to make better sense. I think we need to repeal any of those anti-hemp laws on the books. We’re gonna need rope, lot’s of it.

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  7. Trump’s good fortune in this department appears to be singular: I don’t recall either Nixon or Reagan having this good luck. Be that as it may, the conservative movement still appears as if it’s born to be cucked. Election after election, decade after decade, the conservatives are seen, rightly, as the scapegoat. This is in part due to the Long Walk the Left took through our institutions.
    The conservatives would do well to learn to fight as well as the Left and be just as nasty as they are. It’s a no-brainer: Defense never wins a fight or a war. If you want to win a fight or a war, you MUST go on the offensive. And conservatives (of which I am one, of a libertarian bent) had better get this through their thick skulls. Hopefully, this will become much easier to do once a certain Elder Bush vacates his “container” and joins the “Heaven’s Gate” cult. And Rush Limbaugh’s retirement would work wonders, too: He’s nothing but a Bushbot Judas Goat.

    It would also be good if Trump could get all the current female occupants of the Supreme Court off of it: They are detestable!

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  8. Baher Azmy, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights legal advocacy group, whines, “I think the goal is to end the progressive state as we know it.”
    You got it, bub! Consider your most recent, extended reign “aborted”.

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  10. The problem with wiping out the Democrat Party is that,as I understand it,our Government is designed to have 2 Parties;one of the Checks and Balances meant to keep Congress “Honest”. So without the Dems,who would take their place?

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    • Not exactly. It is a “winner takes all” arrangement, though. I’d like to see several, maybe six or seven parties. In parliamentary governments this is usually the case. Seats are assigned on a percentage of vote basis.

      There is nothing specifically Constitutional that requires two parties. I don’t even see a reason for “parties”. As a practical matter, there has to be a way to narrow the field somewhat. I think that anyone who wants to run for office and meets the requirements should get a required number of signatures. Once that happens all media would be required, as a condition of their licensing, to provide so much advertising/speech time. It would be illegal to buy or donate more.

      So every qualified candidate would get exactly the same exposure. I would prosecute anyone that tried to make money into “speech”. I would also strictly enforce the bribery laws. With that in place you’d drain the swamp over night.

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  11. Pearly gate you say. Not for Ginsberg I don’t believe.

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  12. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Well done, keep up the good job.

    kommonsentsjane

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